Stecher selected to Team Canada

Troy Stecher is in some rather select company, proudly wearing the maple leaf.

The talented young defenceman from Richmond has been selected to patrol the blueline for Canada West at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge hockey tournament Nov. 7 to 13 at the Langley Events Centre.

A five-foot-nine, 169-pounder, Stecher, 17, is a top prospect who is enjoying an outstanding start to this season with the Penticton Vees. He leads has 11 points in first 13 games for the B.C. Hockey League team. But it’s perhaps his plus 9 rating, and the fact he plays in almost all situations (including special teams) that is most impressive.

“Getting down to 22 players was by no means an easy decision,” said coach Kent Lewis. “We had some tremendously talented players in camp, and they did not make our jobs easy as a coaching staff. We’re excited about the players we’ve selected and look forward to getting started.”

Canada West will play in Group A, joined by Sweden and the United States, while Canada East, the Czech Republic and Russia will comprise Group B.

The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN, is set for Nov. 13.

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